- September 9, 2014 - Paying with Fruit
Thinking differently on the Apple payment system it never should have bothered with.
- March 1, 2014 - The Woman Who Saved Mt. Gox Herself
How massive regulatory failure inflated the failure of Mt. Gox.
- February 24, 2014 - Response to Statement on Mt. Gox's Insolvency
A challenge to the Bitcoin community's so-called leaders: it's time to come clean.
- February 15, 2014 - Fixing The Law
Ten suggestions that would be a start.
- February 12, 2014 - Do you trust the Bitcoin Foundation?
Here are a few reasons why you might want to think before answering.
- December 1, 2013 - Fool's Gold 2.0
The siren song of Bitcoin.
- October 22, 2013 - Free Market Failure
How healthcare.gov's challenges indicate the pressing need for reform
- September 19, 2013 - A Family On Trial: The $6,500 Shaker Heights Autism Tax
How a wealthy Ohio suburb exiled my brother and persecuted my parents
- August 23, 2013 - How I would run Microsoft
Thoughts on the company I've always loved to hate
- August 5, 2013 - Why Larry Summers Should Not Be Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Laws should apply to Fed Chairperson candidates, too. Right?
- July 18, 2013 - The Bitcoin Foundation Takes a Nap
"I am Rome" reverberates through the present.
- July 10, 2013 - Fasten Your Seat Belts: The Crash is Coming
Why I'm Triple Short the World.
- July 4, 2013 - Dear California, Stop hitting yourself.
The California legislature struggles with the consequences of its own stupidity, harming the nation in the process.
- April 15, 2013 - The Case of the Missing Data
The EPA responds to environmental concerns in Palo Alto.
- April 4, 2013 - In Search of the Cookie Dough Tree
Silicon Valley is toxic in more ways than one.
- February 17, 2013 - Petitioning Rube Goldberg's Supreme Court
An unlikely tale of weaponized fonts and killer margins.
- February 13, 2013 - In Nine Days, the California Money Transmission Act Could Get Even Worse
Financial lobbyists attack Silicon Valley.
- January 16, 2013 - Introducing Operation Asymptote
A suggested method for downloading the rest of PACER.
- January 13, 2013 - A Sad Irony: The Federal Judiciary's PACER Pricing Is Illegal
The price of public access may finally be too high.
- January 12, 2013 - The Death of Aaron Swartz
An essay I wish I never had to write.
- January 12, 2013 - $10,000: The Aaron Swartz Memorial Grants
A way to commemorate Aaron Swartz's legacy.
- December 21, 2012 - How to Send a Message to Intellectual Ventures: Boycott Cooley
PlainSite reveals an interesting connection to Big Law.
- September 19, 2012 - The Lost Chapter
Recovered conversations from 2004 shine new light on Facebook's origins.
- August 29, 2012 - The Entrepreneurship Platform
What if politicians meant it when they said they wanted to help small business?
- July 23, 2012 - Hypocrisy Comes Full Circle: Money Transmission Meets Campaign Finance
Many of the same politicians who passed the Money Transmission Act are now dependent upon companies that violate it.
- July 16, 2012 - Naked Regulation: Capital Requirements Don't Work
Financial regulation by superstition is bound to fail.
- March 18, 2012 - My Semi-Secret Federal Lawsuit
If fiction and non-fiction are the same, then what does it mean for something to be "true?"
- January 14, 2012 - Prosomegaegonosia
A common affliction, rarely diagnosed.
- December 23, 2011 - Goodbye, Facebook.
So long, farewell...
- December 5, 2011 - Why I'm Suing the State of California
Competition takes on new meaning when your competitors control state legislatures.
- November 15, 2011 - Incredible People
Occasionally, awesome people work on important projects. Here are some of them.
- November 6, 2011 - E-Mail Message to Ben Mezrich Re: C-SPAN Interview Remarks
This interview could have been better in a lot of ways.
- October 26, 2011 - The Harvard People I Know Who Are Breaking The Law (Again)
Some things never change.
- October 12, 2011 - Introducing PlainSite
An effort to improve legal transparency.
- October 1, 2011 - What Occupy Wall Street Should Ask For
A consistent message would help improve effectiveness.
- September 25, 2011 - Potemkin Bank: How Big Finance Pretends to Innovate
Unfortunately, "innovation" is becoming a buzzword.
- July 20, 2011 - The California Law That Should Send The President and Fellows of Harvard College (and Every Private University) To Prison
There are strange unintended consequences of broad state laws.
- July 13, 2011 - Treason
There is a word for holding one's own country hostage, even if one is a member of Congress.
- June 14, 2011 - Why I'm Furious with Silicon Valley
The sad tale of a boy who cried "regulation!"
- June 1, 2011 - In Thirty Days, Payments Innovation Will Stop In Silicon Valley
The California Money Transmission Act is no joke.
- May 30, 2011 - Shut Down the Business Schools
MBAs are among those to blame for the financial crisis.
- May 23, 2011 - Of Round Pegs and Square's Holes
The Square payment system is cool, but not perfect.
- May 15, 2011 - President Obama Wants You--In Jail
The Obama Administration's approach to computer crimes is shockingly draconian.
- May 13, 2011 - Mark Zuckerberg Should Resign, And If You're A Technology Reporter, So Should You
Mark's rise to prominence has been aided by repeated, acute journalistic failure.
- May 10, 2011 - In Fifty Days, Payments Innovation Will Stop In Silicon Valley
A new law written by special interests threatens technological progress.
- April 22, 2011 - A Letter to President Obama
Wikileaks should inspire the federal government to do better.
- April 9, 2011 - The State of Silicon Valley
There is a difference between true technological progress and an investment bubble.
- April 7, 2011 - Paying With Your Phone Is Awesome Because It's Not 1960 Anymore: In Reply To Farhad Manjoo's "Paying With Your Phone Is Awesome, Because ... Because."
Mr. Manjoo oversimplifies the state of affairs with regard to mobile payments.
- January 22, 2011 - A Public Comment on the Durbin Amendment to Limit Bank Interchange Fees
Federal laws are not the only ones at issue in the payments industry.
- November 19, 2010 - Just Say No to X-Rays
There is no true need for the TSA to irradiate millions of air passengers.
- October 31, 2010 - The End of the Banking Era
Banking in 2020 will look far different than banking in 2010.
- September 21, 2010 - The Legend of Mark Zuckerberg
On the unfortunate tendency of the American public to idolize wealth.
- August 9, 2010 - Why I Don't Have a Cell Phone
Who needs one, anyway?
- June 20, 2010 - Facebook Message to The Facebook Effect Author David Kirkpatrick
David Kirkpatrick's book suffers from selection bias.
- June 11, 2010 - Financial Reform, Silicon Valley Style
A new, modern payment system could benefit the entire country.
- May 14, 2010 - The End of the Facebook Era
Facebook's popularity may finally have peaked.
- March 13, 2010 - Customer Disservice Spotlight On: Toyota
A simple car checkup turns into another customer service nightmare.
- February 19, 2010 - On Stack and the IRS
The American tax system is categorically insane. Should it take an insane person to point it out?
- January 3, 2010 - Airport Security Is a Computer Problem
There are better ways to handle airport security.
- November 10, 2009 - Why I Hate San Francisco
Do as DPT says, not as it does.
- October 5, 2009 - The Fallacy of Execution (and Sex), or Why Mark Zuckerberg Doesn't Answer Questions About Facebook's Origins
Ideas are just as important as "execution," and sometimes more.
- August 9, 2009 - Comcast Meets Kafka: A Multimedia Essay for the FTC
Repeated calls to customer service reveal that Comcast can't get its own e-mail address right.
- June 9, 2009 - Why Google Bothered to Appeal a $761 Small Claims Case (and Won)
Another shameful display of legal ethics.
- April 6, 2009 - 10.41 Million Reasons to Hate Comcast
Telecommunications monopolies still exist years after the AT&T breakup.
- March 6, 2009 - Why I Sued Google (and Won)
"Do no evil" seems to have been forgotten somewhere along the way.
- February 16, 2009 - The Person I Knew On Flight 3407
A distant account of a real tragedy.
- December 29, 2008 - Customer Disservice Spotlight On: Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers
A venture capital firm breaks the cardinal rule of keeping submissions confidential.
- November 9, 2008 - New Deal 2.0
The financial crisis presents an opportunity to create jobs by enhancing the government's ailing electronic infrastructure.
- November 3, 2008 - Greenspan's Model
The financial crisis reveals Alan Greenspan's deep philosophy to be nothing more than speculation.
- September 30, 2008 - Shame on Congress!
The United States Congress makes a cowardly and costly decision.
- September 15, 2008 - Sack Paulson
The Secretary of the Treasury has failed the American people.
- July 24, 2008 - Customer Disservice Spotlight On: FedEx
A communications breakdown.
- July 17, 2008 - All is Not Well in Silicon Valley
Bandwagon investing practices increase risk by ignoring the importance of portfolio diversity.
- June 27, 2008 - A Problem With No Solution
Autism poses a serious problem that has no quick fix.
- June 11, 2008 - The Fakebook
The Amazing Ben Mezrich Non-Non-Fiction Machine starts work on a new project.
- May 30, 2008 - Government By Lawyers, For Lawyers
Lawyers are responsible for ethical distortions at almost every level of society.
- May 21, 2008 - Fact-Free Hypocrisy from CNN's Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck gets his facts wrong about Harvard University.
- May 15, 2008 - The Secret Question Obama and McCain Will Never Hear
The role of intelligence agencies is too important to ignore in an election year.
- May 14, 2008 - Con Man's Nightmare: Unlocking Academia
A modest proposal for a system to prevent resume inflation.
- May 12, 2008 - A Wrinkle in Time
The list of the nation's most influential people highlights the declining standards of the magazine.
- May 7, 2008 - The Facebook: Another Product of a Broken System
When schools select for overly competitive applicants, it should be no surprise when some cut corners.
- April 13, 2008 - The Bitter Truth
Some accusations cling to their targets due to their very nature.
- March 9, 2008 - The Con of the Information Age
In the information age, the quantity versus quality tradeoff applies more than ever.
- January 17, 2008 - The Trouble with Electronic Voting
E-voting can work with the right regulatory environment in place.
- September 22, 2007 - Yom Kippur is Broken
If Yom Kippur is the highest holiday in Judiasm, why do so few Jews take it seriously?
- April 30, 2007 - Customer Disservice Spotlight On: Adobe
Customer service representatives should be required to identify themselves and their superiors.
- March 23, 2007 - Will the Real Web 2.0 Please Stand Up?
Buzzwords help no one, except perhaps conference organizers.
- February 1, 2007 - A Sick System
It is nearly impossible to acquire health insurance as an entrepreneur in some states.
- July 6, 2005 - On Openness
"Openness" is too often conflated with "goodness."
- March 15, 2005 - Catch 222-22-2222
Those with computer security knowledge are strongly disincentivized to share it.
- December 7, 2004 - The Microsoft Office
- May 1, 2003 - Red Herring
- February 14, 2003 - Preventing Pre-Registration
- January 27, 2003 - Now UC It, Now You Don't
The Harvard administration fails to compehend technology, and sets policy accordingly.
- Eren, Metin I., Aaron Greenspan, and C. Garth Sampson. 2008. Are Upper Paleolithic Blade Cores More Productive Than Middle Paleolithic Discoidal Cores? A Replication Experiment. Journal of Human Evolution 55(6): 952-961.
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